Free Rabies Clinics Continue at SQSPCA

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COOPERSTOWN, NY (WUTR-TV) — In conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will continue to hold free weekly rabies vaccination clinics on-site for the foreseeable future.

According to SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, the shelter is scheduling vaccination appointments for pet dogs, cats, and ferrets on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. and on Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Individual appointments allow for proper social distancing, Haynes said.

Registration is currently underway by calling (607) 547-8111, extension 108. Appointments will be scheduled weekly on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of 15 pets per person.

The SQSPCA requirements for pet owners will follow Otsego County guidelines:

  • Previous rabies vaccination certificate must be presented to receive a three-year booster (NO exceptions).
  • Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control.
  • Cats and ferrets should be in a pillow case or carrying case.

According to the Otsego County Department of Health, the vaccine being used gives one-year protection for domestic dogs and cats receiving their first vaccination and three-year protection for domestic dogs and cats receiving a booster.

“Compulsory vaccination is required for all dogs and cats in Otsego County. The incidence of confirmed positive rabies cases in wild animals continues, the most recent of which being a rabid skunk in the Town of Hartwick,” said Heidi Bond, Otsego County Director of Public Health.

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